Press Release：SMART Customs Initiative 2020
Customs and Tariff Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan
Medium- to long-term Vision for Customs Administration
SMART Customs Initiative 2020
—Working toward being the world's leading customs for sound development of trade, a safe
and secure society, and a prosperous future—
With a view to the future changes in the global context of customs administration, the Customs and Tariff Bureau of the Ministry of Finance has drawn up a medium- to long-term vision of customs administration, the “SMART Customs Initiative 2020.” By utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as AI to further improve the sophistication and efficiency of its operations, and to improve convenience for users, this initiative aims to realize the “world’s leading customs ,” which will be able to meet citizens’ expectations even 20 or 30 years from now.
In this initiative, the medium- to long-term vision of customs administration is set out in four key words:
＊SMART is an acronym for these key words
Each of these describes the measures we will be implementing.
This initiative will also foster a culture in which each and every officer of the Customs and Tariff Bureau and Japan Customs is encouraged to come up with their own ideas, to think about improving procedures, and to consider the future.
Factors such as the further expansion of trade, changes the structure of a society, and the development of cutting-edge technologies are expected to bring significant changes to the global context facing Japan Customs. Therefore, we will assess any changes in the context of our work and conduct reviews* as necessary. In doing so, we will keep in mind new perspectives that take into account changes caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
*We will follow up on the measures set forth in the SMART Customs Initiative 2020 every year, and plan to periodically review the initiative in its entirety every three years.
- SMART Customs Initiative 2020 (Main Text)[PDF:180KB]
- (Document 1) Benefits of the SMART Customs Initiative 2020 (Envisioned)[PDF:355KB]
- (Document 2) Overview of SMART Customs Initiative 2020[PDF:1,239KB]
- (Document 3) SMART Customs Initiative 2020 (the bird’s-eye view)[PDF:178KB]
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